The United States Lines Company
came into existence in 1921 owing to the inability of the United States Mail SS Company to fulfill it's obligations to the United States Shipping Board. Originally the line was run under the joint management of Moore & McCormack, Roosevelt SS Company and United American Lines. In 1922 and 1923 the managing partners resigned and the company was operated by the U.S. Shipping Board. However, the company continued to run at a financial loss and in 1929 the fleet was sold to P. W. Chapman & Company. Chapman failed to meet payments and in 1931 the company was taken over by a combination of the Roosevelt SS Company, R. Stanley Dollar and Kenneth D. Dawson. The International Mercantile Marine Company (the Titanic’s parent company) gained control of the company in 1934. The rise in popularity in passenger air travel in the 1960's caused a decline in trade and passenger operations were discontinued in 1969. the company’s routes included;
New York - Cobh - Plymouth - Cherbourg – London
New York - Bremen – Danzig
New York - Cherbourg – Southampton
New York - Cobh - Liverpool - Manchester
New York - Pauillac (Bordeaux) - Le Verdon.
New York - Naples – Genoa
The company’s funnel was red, with a white band below a blue top.
Some of the line’s ships included:
The George Washington
The Lone Star State
The John Ericcson
This certificate was issued to (but not signed by) William Vincent Astor
Common Stock, issued in the 1940’sPrinter: American Bank Note Company Dimensions:
8” (h) x 12” (w) State: NJ-New Jersey Subject Matter: Maritime and Related
| Shipping Lines Vignette Topic(s): Ship Featured
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| Allegorical Mercury
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Vertical fold lines, punch hole cancels in signature areas and body.